SECOND/SECOND to Open 9/26 at Pittsburgh's Wood Street Galleries

SECOND/SECOND to Open 9/26 at Pittsburgh's Wood Street Galleries

Pittsburgh, PA--The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of SECOND/SECOND by Icelandic artist Finnbogi Pétursson. The exhibition is on view September 26 to December 31, 2014, at the Trust's Wood Street Galleries. An opening reception takes place Friday, September 26, 2014, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., during the Trust's quarterly and 10th annual Gallery Crawl throughout the Cultural District.

The artist's first U.S. solo exhibition includes two light and sound installations, the recent works Teslatune (2014) and a U.S. premiere water installation.

"Wood Street Galleries welcomes the return of Iceland's Finnbogi Pétursson in SECOND/SECOND," says Murray Horne, Wood Street Galleries curator. "The Icelandic landscape can be described as mesmerizing, contemplative and hypnotic; these often intangible qualities are also embodied in Pétursson's sound-modulated water installations."

Teslatune (2014) is dedicated to the inventor Nikola Tesla. The installation emits sound that comes from an alternating current transformer, which is led through a programmer (time-adjusted frequency equaliser and switch box) to channel the sound through eight different outputs-pipes. These eight pipes of different lengths hang from the galley's ceiling, producing what seem to be different sounds, but the frequency is always the same, 60 Hz. The lengths of the pipes affect the pitch.

Pétursson has stated about his practice: "I am always trying to capture phenomena such as sound, water, fire, shadow and light, and channel them along new grooves, turn them into something other than what they are. These are phenomena that you feel and think about, but never see."

Finnbogi Pétursson, born in Reykjavík, Iceland, has been exhibiting since 1980 and is one of Iceland's most prominent light and sound artists. He is known for works that fuse sound, light, sculpture, architecture and drawings. Sound-a crucial element-is typically incorporated into spare sculptural installations. Pétursson represented Iceland at the Venice Biennial in 2001 with his monumental sound installation Diabolus. His artworks are held in numerous private collections as well as at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria, andthe National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland. Permanent installations are at Landsvirkjun, Vatnsfellsvirkjun (an electric power plant) Reykjavík University, and the Reykjavík Energy Headquarters. Finnbogi lives and works in Reykjavík, Iceland.